By Bob Gelder:
It will come as little surprise to both “shipmates” or the general public, that this Branch of the Royal Naval Association (R.N.A.) is currently in “dry dock”.
The first Thursday of every month would normally witness and welcome a Branch Meeting at The Falcon Hotel (19.00 for 19.30) but that is now on the back burner. This is not only to comply with national Tier conditions – but also to respect the staff at The Falcon and to protect each other.
However, that does not stop “recruitment”! Currently, it is on the table for the R.N.A. to discontinue national membership fees and to become ‘voluntary’ for donations. Effectively, this means “FREE” membership.
- Full – those who have been or are, serving R.N., R.M. personnel
- Associate – either serving or previously Army or RAF personnel, or indeed members of the public who have not served within the armed forces but have the aims and ambitions of the R.N. at heart.